How to Make a Coffee Milkshake


Start to Finish: 5 minutes, plus 20 to 30 minutes to brew and cool coffee
Servings: 1 to 2
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Coffee and ice cream combine to create a bittersweet treat in a quick-and-easy coffee milkshake. Chill a freshly brewed cup of Joe or repurpose coffee left over from earlier in the day and blend it with ice cream for a decadent dessert. Creative additions and substitutions such as different-flavored ice creams, sweet sauces or libations allow you to create a coffee milkshake to suit any taste or occasion.


    • 4 generous scoops of vanilla ice cream
    • 1/2 cup to 1 cup milk
    • 1 cup of your choice of coffee
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • Whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
    • Chocolate covered espresso beans, for garnish (optional)


  • Brew the coffee of your choice; make it stronger than you normally would if you’d like the coffee flavor to stand out in the milkshake.

    Dissolve 1 teaspoon of sugar in the cup of coffee and let it cool in the refrigerator.

    Add vanilla ice cream, milk -- use 1/2 cup if you’d like a thick milkshake, 1 cup if you’d prefer a thinner consistency -- and cooled coffee to a blender. Blend until it's smooth and creamy.

    Pour into a glass and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a few chocolate covered espresso beans if desired.

Suggested Substitutions

  • Perk up the flavor. Use coffee-flavored ice cream if you’d like a stronger coffee flavor. Salted caramel, chocolate and butter pecan ice cream also create flavored coffee milkshakes.

    Sweet additions. Add a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce or a spoonful or two of chocolate nut butter to introduce complementary sweetness. Add a few dashes of ground cinnamon or ground cloves to add some spice. Toss in a couple of Oreo cookies to create an Oreo coffee milkshake.

    Lighten the calories. Use frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream instead of milk or opt for skim milk.

Make It an Adult Milkshake

  • Omit or reduce the amount of milk used and add a few ounces of coffee liqueur such to create an adult treat.

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